Willi Carlisle- Peculiar, Missouri review

Willi Carlisle Peculiar, Missouri Free Dirt Records An unusual album, Peculiar, Missouri is also one of the freshest and most honest folk albums I’ve encountered the last decade. Inspired by the Ozark region we love, Willi Carlisle embraces the traditions of Guthrie, Phillips, and McCutcheon and bring the methods they mastered over decades screaming into… Continue reading Willi Carlisle- Peculiar, Missouri review

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Jake Blount- Spider Tales review

Jake Blount Spider Tales Free Dirt Records JakeBlount.com Little Richard invented rock ‘n’ roll. So sayeth Stevie Van Zandt, and I ain’t gonna argue with Little Stevie. What’s that got to do with roots music and the new album from Jake Blount? Not a lot, except this: whether we’re talking rock ‘n’ roll or roots… Continue reading Jake Blount- Spider Tales review

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J. P. Harris- Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing review

J. P. Harris Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing Free Dirt Records Quick: Name your three favourite country albums of the 70s. Go. That was easy: Emmy’s Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town, Townes’ High, Low, and In Between, and Tom T. Hall’s Rhymer and Other Five and Dimers. And Waylon’s Honky Tonk Heroes. And… Continue reading J. P. Harris- Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing review

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Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard- Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969 review

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969 Free Dirt Records Rare, archival material from the most important female duo in bluegrass history will always be welcomed. The contributions made by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard have long been acknowledged by people who have chosen to delve into their music… Continue reading Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard- Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969 review

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Vivian Leva- Time Is Everything review

Vivian Leva Time Is Everything Free Dirt Records “I don’t believe my papa meant for me to be the last of my kind It seems the keenest pioneers disappear at the worst time…” “Last Of My Kind,” Paul Burch When I was but a wee roots writer in (I think) early 2001, I recall seeing… Continue reading Vivian Leva- Time Is Everything review

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Hackensaw Boys & Jeff White reviews

My very talented editors have posted two new reviews, both of albums from Americana/Roots performers who haven’t released new music in a long time. . At Lonesome Road Review, I took a run at the new album Right Beside You from veteran Jeff White. It appears he has slipped into Tim O’Brien’s Earls of Leicester… Continue reading Hackensaw Boys & Jeff White reviews

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